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"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920) is considered the first great American horror film. It is included in our program to illustrate the contributions to the Motion Pictures industry of two stars of Silent Hall of Fame - director John S. Robertson and actress Martha Mansfield.
This is a complete version and contains about 5.30 m. footage absent from other versions streamed here.
The film is based on the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. A benevolent doctor and an aspiring scientist, Dr. Jekyll (John Barrymore) is tempted to explore the two sides of his personality - the good one and the evil one. He invents a concoction that turns him into a monster, and an antidote that turns him back to his normal good self.
Dr. Jekyll is the official suitor of his friend's daughter Millicent (Martha Mansfield). She is eager to be with him, but his split personality obsession prevents him from dedicating enough time to her. Then the evil side, named Mr. Hyde, starts his own life, chasing other women and becoming more and more violent. Millicent's father gets in harm's way by confronting Jekyll, and she herself gets in trouble, too.
In the end, Dr. Jekyll pays the ultimate price for not being able to control his evil alter ego.
Martha Mansfield played her most famous role in this film. She was a true rising star, only to die at 24 in a freak fire accident three years later.
Directed by John S. Robertson Produced by Adolph Zukor, Jesse Lasky Written by Thomas Russell Sullivan, Clara Beranger Based on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Starring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield Cinematography Roy F. Overbaugh Distributed by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Paramount Pictures Release date March 18, 1920 Running time 77 minutes Country United States Language Silent film, English intertitles
You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.
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